Netflix begins work on Blood Origin, a Witcher prequel, set over a millennium before the events of the show starring Henry Cavill. Blood Origin will star Michelle Yeoh and focus on the Golden Age of Elves, before humans came along and made a mess of things.
A prequel to the popular Netflix series The Witcher is on its way: Blood Origin will be set 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher, originally based on a series of six fantasy novels and 15 short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Blood Origin will focus on “focus on a great elven civilization right before its fall,”
Blood Origin’s Executive Producer Lauren Hissrich said “We have obviously heard in The Witcher show that humans brought civilization to the elves. They’re the ones who showed them what it was like to be civilized. And in fact, what we’re seeing in Blood Origin is that’s exactly opposite of the truth,” she explained. “The world was much more of a Golden Age than what we see in The Witcher years later.” However my source on The Witcher pointed out that the elven “golden age” was far from perfect, as the elves didn’t even develop crop rotation, which illiterate, unwashed medieval peasants managed,
This prequel will be a mini-series, with only six episodes planned at the moment. If the Nielsen ratings are high, it may, of course, be expanded.
Michelle Yeoh will star as the warrior Scian. Ms. Yeoh is no stranger to the genre. She has previously starred in Star Trek: Discovery, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies and appeared in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and will have a role as Dr. Karina Mogue in the next four of James Cameron’s Avatar movies, with the last of those to be released in 2028.
Blood Origin will also star Irish comedian Dylan Moran as Uthrok One-Nut, Jodie Turner-Smith as Éile, and Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall.
Are you looking forward to Blood Origin? Will you watch a Cavill-less Witcher show set long before Geralt of Rivia was born? What do you think?
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Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.